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Forest Laboratories and H. Lundbeck A/S Enter Into Settlement Agreement With Sun and Caraco Related to LEXAPRO(R) Patent Litigation
Date:7/10/2009

NEW YORK, July 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Forest Laboratories Holdings, Ltd. (collectively, "Forest"), and H. Lundbeck A/S ("Lundbeck") announced today that they have entered into a settlement agreement with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. ("Sun Pharma", a reference that includes its 100% subsidiaries) and Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. ("Caraco"), regarding pending patent infringement disputes regarding U.S. Patent Re. No. 34,712, U.S. Patent No. 6,916,941, and U.S. Patent No. 7,420,069, which were licensed to Forest by H. Lundbeck A/S on an exclusive basis in the United States. These patents are listed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Orange Book for Forest's LEXAPRO(R) brand escitalopram oxalate tablet products.

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Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement with Sun Pharma and Caraco, and subject to review of the settlement terms by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission:

  1. Forest and Lundbeck will provide licenses to Caraco for any patents related to LEXAPRO(R) with respect to the marketing of Caraco's generic version of the product as of the date that any third party generic that has properly received final approval from the FDA enters the market, other than an authorized generic or the first filer with Hatch-Waxman related exclusivity.
  2. Caraco will take over the commercialization and sale of several products from Forest's Inwood business. Caraco will pay Forest an undisclosed advance against royalties and royalties on net sales of these p
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